‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’ Maya Angelou.

Stephen King once said, in his book about the craft of writing that, ‘The scariest moment is always just before you start.’ A short while ago local writer Jo Welch and I set up a Heatons Authors Facebook page because we were aware that there were a lot of budding writers around who needed some encouragement to get them over that moment and that a forum where they could share and discuss their work would be useful. People have story ideas, have sat down and started, (or even finished) a book but are not sure what to do next. I can certainly empathise with them.

I started writing ‘Fortune, Fate and Freddie Mercury’ several years ago, decided nobody would ever want to read it and consigned it to a box in the loft where it lay until my daughter found it and encouraged me to finish it. So, I hope some of you might find it a fairly interesting tale.

I grew up in the small Lancashire town of Widnes, and in June 1969 three of my friends from the town formed a blues band called Ibex and headed down to London to try to make it in the music business. There they recruited a young unknown singer, Freddie Bulsara, who had similar ambitions to themselves. However, whereas Ibex wanted to play blues, Freddie had one eye on the future and had already identified the power of the flamboyant stagecraft which was to become the trademark of 70s stars like David Bowie and Roxy Music. The inevitable split happened, and Ibex performed its final concert at our school in Widnes on the 12th December 1969.

Far left. A young Freddie Bulsara (Mercury to be) with Ibex and friends preparing for a gig in Bolton. Summer 1969.

My book sets these real events as a back story to a fictional tale which culminates with that December concert. Through love lost and found, mountains impossible to climb, and new highways beckoning, it’s a story of three friends struggling to become the next big thing on the local music scene as they touch shoulders with a singer destined to become one of rock’s greatest performers.

If you’d like to know more about the book, visit my website,, where you can view some early pictures of Freddie and Ibex, listen to a recording of one of their tracks, order a hard copy, or download it from Amazon Kindle.

Moreover, if you have a story to tell, join Jo and I at Heatons Authors on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you. (Check out Jo’s excellent children’s novels, ‘The Einstein Code‘ and ‘The Darwin Code’ at )

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